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Spacing Ottawa adds Clive Doucet as columnist

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OTTAWA — Long-time City Councillor and recent mayoral candidate Clive Doucet has joined Spacing’s city blog network as Urban Policy columnist for Spacing Ottawa, it was announced today by Spacing Ottawa editor Evan Thornton.

“We are delighted to have an urbanist and writer of Clive’s accomplishment with us at Spacing,” Thornton said. “Our mandate at Spacing is to explore the urban landscape, and as his career has shown, there is no one thinking more clearly and incisively about urban issues in Canada. There are few writers with more practical experience on the challenges facing cities in an age of economic contraction than Clive Doucet.”

According to Doucet, “the recent award of the Jane Jacobs Prize to Spacing Magazine’s editors confirms their importance in the Canadian debate about the future of our cities. I am very pleased to join Spacing’s blog network — it is a natural fit for me. Elected leaders pretend otherwise, but North America is already in the middle of a long and difficult struggle for resources and sustainable urban landscapes. Spacing’s outlook reflects my own — which is that cities are at the centre of the struggle for a viable future for the planet and its citizens.

Doucet’s debut column for Spacing Ottawa will run on March 3, 2011.

photo by Jackson Lewchuk